This report marks the close of my term as AAA president. It summarizes the full, end-of-year President’s report, which I hope every member will take a few minutes to read. The long report tells the AAA story for 2017, which was remarkably productive, sometimes frustrating, always demanding, and in the end, immensely gratifying. I use […]
Alisse Waterston’s Presidential Lecture at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting No doubt these are dark times. What of us, as anthropologists, in these times? How will we pass the time that is given us? I take the opportunity of this talk to reflect on this moment of being in anthropology. Referring back to and in […]
In an article published twelve years ago, I wrote, “We are at the dawn of a new century that seems to promise as much violence as occurred in the twentieth century. People are afraid of annihilation and desire protection. Instead of providing protection, our world leaders are manipulating deeply felt fears, distorting these emotions for other ends. At this time, I fear to imagine the future.” Little did I know how bad it would get.
AAA’s new Tenure and Promotion Guidelines support public forms of writing, publishing, and communicating anthropology. We don’t need to look far to see there are many new and exciting ways to communicate anthropology than has ever before been possible. New media technologies enable the speedy spread of information that can hit the full range of […]
Though he doesn’t call himself a linguist or etymologist, legal scholar Steven T. Newcomb, co-founder of the Indigenous Law Institute and author of Pagans in the Promised Land (2008), takes apart certain English language words, uncovering their roots and showing them to contain deeply seated logics. His main concern is the historical denial of a […]